Accountability, Honesty/Truth

The Real Thing

Anyone who sets himself up as “religious” by talking a good game is self-deceived. This kind of religion is hot air and only hot air. Real religion, the kind that passes muster before God the Father, is this: Reach out to the homeless and loveless in their plight, and guard against corruption from the godless world. (James 1: 26-27 MSG)

Everyone knows that I love a “name brand” purse. I know sometimes my priorities are messed up when it comes to buying purses but I love the real thing. I search the web for the latest fashions and styles making sure they are not knock offs.  When I’m in the store and see a hot bag I vow to save enough money to get it.

My addiction had gotten so bad that I was giving the same energy to saving and shopping for purses that I was giving God. I have been upset and fed up with different situations in my life and was instantly convicted because I was praying for God to do one thing and I started taking matters in my own hands and contemplating revenge. I haven’t been slow to speak and I have been quick to react. The Holy Spirit spoke to me and said you have the “Real Thing” on your side so why are you distraught? Post this at all the intersections, dear friends: Lead with your ears, follow up with your tongue, and let anger straggle along in the rear. God’s righteousness doesn’t grow from human anger. So throw all spoiled virtue and cancerous evil in the garbage. In simple humility, let our gardener, God, landscape you with the Word, making a salvation-garden of your life. (James 1: 19-21 MSG)

Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you are a listener when you are anything but, letting the Word go in one ear and out the other. Act on what you hear! Those who hear and don’t act are like those who glance in the mirror, walk away, and two minutes later have no idea who they are, what they look like. (James 1: 22-24) Not only do I know I have the “Real Thing” on my side I want to make sure I am the “Real thing.” The same way I don’t want a fake Coach bag is the same way I don’t want to be viewed as an imposter. I want to continue to be a hearer and doer of the Word because if I am a fake eventually my real tag will begin to show. I want people to see the real God in me everywhere that I go. I don’t want to have a reputation of being a great preacher, an anointed singer and a devoted servant on Sunday, and that’s the only time I am being the “Real Thing.”

But whoever catches a glimpse of the revealed counsel of God—the free life!—even out of the corner of his eye, and sticks with it, is no distracted scatterbrain but a man or woman of action. That person will find delight and affirmation in the action. (James 1: 25 MSG) I want to be able to hear the voice of God continuously. I want to be free in every area of my life. I want to be the “Real Thing” so that when adversity comes my way I know that God is able, despite what it may look like. I want to diligently seek Him so that nothing will deter me from my “Real Thing.” I am working on always operating in the excellence of God. The same way I don’t want knock off hand bags is the same way that I don’t want to be a knock off for God.

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for always being the “Real thing.” God, continue to reveal who You are to me and for me so that I can rid myself of imposters. God, help me to know when I am being a knock off in Your eye sight. I want to live solely for You and I want to be able to represent You in excellence. I know that no one is perfect but Your precious son, Jesus, but God I want You to continue to give me the determination to walk upright with perfection so that people can see the real You in me. God, I want to be a doer of Your Word, not just a hearer so that I can be the “Real Thing.” In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, I EMPOWER you to stop being knock offs and bootlegs for God and be the real thing. I want you to be the real thing everywhere you go and in every area of your life. Let the world know that God is the “Real Thing” and because you belong to Him you too are the real thing. Walk upright and with integrity when you are operating in the presence of God. Show people in all walks of your life who the “Real Thing” is.

Can you identify an area of your life where you haven’t been 100% genuine? Share your plight below.

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Mrs. Keviyona Ray is an ordained minister and co-pastor of The Christ For All People International Church. She is passionate about sharing the word of God with everyone she encounters. As a professional, Keviyona is a teacher for Chicago Public Schools. She loves her ministry of teaching and changing children’s lives. She is a devoted wife and mother of a wonderful daughter. Two of her favorite scriptures are Jeremiah 1: 5: “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations” and Proverbs 29:18: “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.”

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